“As a Dayton-based, physician-led health plan that believes strongly in value-based care, we’re disappointed that we must discontinue our participation in the exchange in 2018,” George said. “However, we will continue to offer a range of other insurance plans, including to individuals off of the exchange.”
George was named president of the plan in March.
During the open-enrollment period this fall, members enrolled in this plan will have the option to choose alternative coverage for 2018, including on-exchange and off-exchange plans, the plan said. Premier Health’s off-exchange plan (Premier HealthOne Off-Exchange) will be one option they can consider.
Premier Health Plan’s exit from the exchange affects only a “small percentage” of its membership in a nine-county area, the company further said.
A Premier spokesman said the number of those affected by the exit will be less than 10 percent of total Premier Health Plan membership. That number includes the company’s on- and off-exchange membership, Medicare Advantage, Next Generation accountable care organization membership and more.
But he declined to give an exact number of those who will be affected, saying it was proprietary.
Affected members will receive a written notice with additional details before the open enrollment period for 2018, which runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017.
Dayton-based Premier Health operates four area hospitals, a primary and specialty care network, along with home health services. The health system is the second largest employer in the region and the largest health-care system in Southwest Ohio.